Chiefs must defend the pass better

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Key Matchups


Buena’s secondary vs. Atlantic City QB Jarren McBryde (6-feet, 10-inches, 192 pounds). Opposing offenses are seeing something in the game film that makes them want to throw against Buena. Cedar Creek and Bridgeton both dropped back to pass more against the Chiefs than any other game this season, and both teams won that way. Atlantic City will throw the ball, and McBryde has the highest completion percentage in the Cape-Atlantic League at .643. His 570 yards are third best in the CAL. Buena DBs David Bond (6-0, 166), Mike Julia (5-11, 172), Robert Bunton (5-8, 167) and Nate Niederhofer (6-2, 175) need to step up and force the Vikings to try to move the ball on the ground. McBryde’s favorite target is Dayshawn Reynolds (6-1, 181), who is coming off a seven-catch, 169-yard night in last week’s upset over Hammonton.


Buena RB’s Quadir Albright (5-6, 145) and Bunton vs. Atlantic City DB Tyshiek Wright (5-10, 164). The Chiefs are a running team, but they boast a number of options to move the ball. This week, look for the freshman, Albright, and the senior, Bunton, to be leaned on heavily in the offense. Wright is the opportunistic playmaker for the Vikings defense. Since the Buena backs can often finds themselves in the second level of the defense, it’s often up to the secondary to make big plays, and that’s where Wright comes in. A couple nice jukes or an open hole, and Albright or Bunton could carry the Chiefs to an upset.

Keys to the Game


Pass defense. As previously stated, teams are trying to move the ball through the air against Buena and not just with screens and dump off passes. Opposing quarterbacks are airing it out, trying to pick up 30 yards or more with deep throws.


First downs. Three-and-outs have been killing the Chiefs. When they seem to get going, it seems like the first-down marker is on a conveyer belt. Buena needs to pick up more first downs, and not necessarily score on every possession, but they need to eat more clock and give the defense a rest.


Home runs. We’re not talking about the Major League Baseball playoffs here. Both offenses rely on the big play to score points, so limiting them is key. Atlantic City needs to keep Buena’s running backs contained and the Chiefs need to force the Vikings into long, clock-eating drives. Even if they allow scores, the Chiefs can’t allow quick ones, then give the ball back.

Intangibles


Home again. Buena is 1-1 at home this year and it was the friendly confines of John J. Zucal Athletic Complex where the Chiefs put up a good fight against the Vikings last year. For a team looking for a spark, the roar of the home crowd could be just enough.


Mojo. The Chiefs were riding high at 3-0. There was little doubt in the locker room that Buena was a playoff-caliber team and losing was a four-letter word. They can’t put their heads down now after a couple of losses. The younger players, especially, need to think they’re capable of beating anyone on any given Friday night. Even if they are underdogs, the Chiefs need to have that swagger they had the first three games.


Momentum. Atlantic City has it, Buena does not. The Vikings are coming off a convincing win over Hammonton while the Chiefs are scratching their heads after two straight losses. A big play here or there could wipe that out quickly though.

Prediction

Atlantic City 28

Buena 13

— Patrick Buganski

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